Here is an Acrylic Painting that I created of a Wild Turkey at my bird feeder. This painting was painted from a photo I took in July 2020. Pointillism paintings are extremely challenging because you have to create the tone of the subject by using only dots.
I found with this painting that I did an excellent job at reproducing the unique textures in the bird, and the trees behind it. This is never easy creating intriquite textures in pointillism and no matter how I create the painting in pointillism it will always look “stippled” or dotted, which is the point. The challenge is trying to create some sense of realism through this stippling effect.
I won an “Honourable Mention” at the Focus Art Juried Art Show, in November 2022 for this painting. This painting measures 20” x 16” and is on a gallery-wrapped canvas.
Here is a painting I created on a sign panel in early 2022. It is a Christmas-themed sign, with a street scene of Quebec City. Asides from being an Acrylic Painting on a sign panel this is a really well-designed scene. With complex text and composition, everything fitted together etc. There was really a lot to think about in creating this.
In this painting, I also worked from many reference photos and changed a lot of elements tremendously.
When I was done I coated this panel with 5 layers of Liquid Glass, and I am very happy with how this turned out. This is painted on a sign panel 12” x 9”
Here is an acrylic painting I created in late 2021. I used “Selective Colour” Only 4 pigments were used in this painting. Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Titanium White, and Zinc Mixing White. This is a Cross Country Ski Trail near my hometown of Cornwall, ON.
I am not familiar with all the trails here, but this one was particularly hilly for Cross Country Skiing. I wiped out a few times, but I did get some good photos with my weatherproof camera. This painting measures 12” x 9”
Here is an acrylic painting that I created in late 2021 using selective colours. In this painting I used only 4 Pigments, Quinacridone Magenta, Sap Green, Titanium White, and Zinc White.
This is a scene at a local conservation area just outside of Cornwall, ON. There is a beaver dam, running across a creek and a forest.
I notice that this painting looks a bit “fuzzy” and it lacking some detail, I think a lot of that is due to the type of media.
I can see that this painting could use some more texture / harder edges, but when you do “selective colour” it is a unique challenge and the process can be a bit more limiting. This painting measures 12” x 9”
Here is a painting of a Wild Turkey that I created in 2021. This was done from a photo of a Wild Turkey that visited our house in 2020.
This was a strange year for many reasons, but a Turkey wandering through a semi-urban area and on our property was another quirk of 2020.
I really like how this painting turned out, and how I was able to add the primary colours to the washed out background in my photo and the sun beams going through the trees.
This painting is very similar to my “Turkey Pointillism” painting, but the bird is at a slightly different angle and obviously, the technique is completely different.
With this painting, it was a lot easier to create textures, and possible to glaze which allowed me more opportunity to express the light than with the pointillism version. This painting measures 20” x 16” and is on a gallery wrapped canvas.
Here is a painting I created of a summer landscape in Eastern Ontario. You can see there are many different types of green in the trees, and the water is shimmering light.
It is an overcast sky, but it is still quite bright outside. I put many glazes of paint on this painting.
Overall I am quite satisfied with how this turned out, and it was fun to create a summer scene focusing on many shades of green. This painting measures 16” x 12”
Here is a pointillism scene I created in 2020. This scene is of a fall path and red sumac. The leaves on the trees are just starting to turn colours and there are a lot of dull greens, yellows and browns. The sumac is bright red.
The path curves through the painting and leads the eyes to the trees ahead. Overall, I am quite satisfied with how this painting turned out. I managed to create excellent lighting and a very good sense of colour.
Although there are some very bright colours in this painting, there are also a lot of neutral greys and not everything is brightly saturated.
One area where I could have improved this painting, is if I worked the shadows a little more, some parts of this painting seem to lack a bit of tone and gradation, especially on the trees on the right-hand side.
Overall I am very satisfied with how this painting turned out, and I had a lot of fun creating it. This painting measures 16” x 12”
Here is a plien aire painting I created of my backyard rock garden in August 2020. This painting was a lot more “spontaneous” than what I normally do, and I had a lot of creative liberty with it than if I was working more from photographs.
When you work in plien aire (outside in nature) you have to work a lot quicker, especially with acrylic which tends to dry extremely fast. I really found it neat how although the flowers in the garden do not look representational, they are bold and have a lot of energy. They read a lot more as beautiful flowers than if they were painted true to life.
There is a very strong sense of the evening light in this painting. There is also the vegetable garden on the far left-hand side of the painting and the white hydrangeas. The tree was improvised to add some more interest to the scene.
Overall considering the minimum time on this painting, I am extremely satisfied with how it turned out, it seems to have a sense of energy that is less apparent in my usual style of painting. This painting measures 12” x 9”
Here is a plien aire painting of my Hosta Garden in July 2020. The white Hosta was in bloom and is surrounded by tall trees and a border garden.
Although most of this painting is shady, there is still a strong sense of light. There is a flower bed of impatiens just to the right of the Hostas, and there is a nice play of greens, yellows and blues in this painting.
I also added a lot of glazes in this painting, and the light shines through it. One area where this painting could have been improved would have been if it was just worked a little further. This painting measures 12” x 9”
Here is an acrylic painting I created in early 2020. It is a collage of birds and animals where I worked through many of my photos. There are Wild Turkeys, a Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, and Monarch Butterflies. I feel I did a really good job at arranging my 4 photos and blending everything together. Some unique colours I used in this painting include Green-Gold, Cerulean Blue (Real) and Light Green Permanent.
This painting was created entirely from photos I took while riding my bike in late September 2019, and 1 consistent theme in this painting is the greens, green grass, green water, and green weeds. Although this is officially right on the cusp of fall there was very little fall colour at this point, and since the collage is entirely of close-ups, so you see almost no fall colour except for the slightly yellowish grass.
One problem I found with this painting was just getting a photo of it no matter how I photographed things there was a lot of glare and in this photo in particular it really shows on my 2 wild turkeys. This is a larger painting at 24” x 18”
Here is a painting of a Juvenile Blue Heron. I created this painting in 2019, this is from a photo I took in late 2018. There are a lot of deep tones in this painting, and dark green water, in the reflection of a tree.
When I had this painting in a juried show, one of the jurors thought this painting looked like a night scene. it is late afternoon and there is the sun shining on the bird. Perhaps it would look better with not quite so dark water, but the darkness also makes the bird pop out more.
I used a lot of Acrylic gloss medium in my painting which gives the painting a sense of transparency and a glossy shine. This painting measures 20” x 16” There is a lot of texture in this painting, and this is one of the first paintings where I used mostly Tri-Art Art Acrylic Painting.
Although I am a bit uncertain if I should do something with the water. I am still quite satisfied with how this painting turned out.
Here is an Acrylic Painting I originally created in 2017, then I revisited it in 2019. This painting is of a rare Red Trillium which grows in the forests of Eastern Ontario for a few weeks every May.
In the original painting, the colours were too bright and garish, especially in the leaves. So I toned things down and left the vividness in the purple petals of the Trillium. I also mixed in some mixing white into the leaves to give them more of a sense of a reflective shine.
One interesting thing about this painting is that it has a loose impression of the forest floor and the organic fallen branches and leaves that make up the forest floor.
There are many glazes of colours in this painting, and the light really shines through all these layers. This painting measures 12” x 9”
Here is a plien aire painting I created of a Pine Tree. This tree is in front of a Cabin that I often go to with my parents. I have created many pieces of artwork of this tree, and this is the absolute strongest piece of artwork I created of this tree.
Although this is a very strong piece for one of my plien aire drawings, it was created extremely loosely and does not have the same level of detail as my other paintings.
There is a very strong sense of light in this painting. This tree was painted at around 4:30 in the afternoon and there is a slightly yellowish tone to the light. Although the sun is shining there is a lot of high clouds in the background.
This painting measures 12” x 9” total and although it is very loose and spontaneous, this creates an amazing sense of atmosphere that I do not think I would be able to create in a tighter painting.
Here is a painting I created of an Autumn or Early Fall, Scene. This is an island in the St Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario. This is one of my first paintings using mostly Tri-Art Acrylic Paint.
There is a sense of opacity in this painting that would have been impossible with only student-grade paint. The tree on the far left frames the scene.
Since it is early fall, and the sun is getting lower in the sky, the water towards the horizon looks very bright. There are some really nice reflections of the trees near the far end of the island.
There is a really neat slick of seaweed along the beach, and this was fun to paint for its unique colours and textures. The water levels are very low and the 1 yellow tree adds a pop of bright colour. This painting measures 20” x 16”.
Here is an acrylic painting that I created of 2 Deer, a Doe and a Fawn. I created this painting in 2019 from a photo I took in 2014.
Although the 2 deer are directly painted from the photo I changed the background tremendously and I added a lot of stylized elements to this painting such as the weeds in the lower left-hand corner. Overall I am quite satisfied with how this painting turned out.
This was one of my first paintings using Tri-Art Sap Green, and Tri Art Burnt Sienna. One area where I think this painting could have been painted better is just that things look a little flat. Too much Sap Green and not enough primary colours.
I am however satisfied with how the proportions of the deer turned out, and the painting does give a sense of evening lighting. This painting measures 20” x 16”
Here is an Acrylic Pointillism Painting of a White Trillium that I created in 2019. I sold this painting the same year at Cailuan Gallery in Cornwall, ON. Overall I am quite satisfied with how this Trillium Painting turned out. There is a very good sense of blending of colours etc, and an interesting sense of texture.
I really like how the neutral tones of Paynes Grey, Cerulean Blue, Raw Umber and Burnt Sienna blend together in the background. There is quite a bit of negative space in this painting, and a lot of less detailed dark areas.
The main focal point in this painting is the sunlight glistening on the white petals of the Trillium and the effect of light and shadows on the petals and leaves of the Trillium itself.
It is really neat how all these elements in this painting blend together in the viewers’ eyes and it creates the illusion of depth when all the dots blend in the eyes.
Another thing I like about this painting is all the wild leaves and plants that are growing on the forest floor. This painting measures 16” x 12”
Here is an acrylic painting I created of ominous storm clouds over a country road in early 2019. I really like how the elements of this painting blend together with all the dots in the eyes to create the effect of pointillism.
There are many elements in this painting overgrown trees and vegetation there is a road winding through the middle. Interesting cloud formations etc. However, none of these elements are over-dominating.
I think the main focal point in this painting is the road itself winding through this painting.
One area where I could have improved this painting is that I just think this painting looks a bit flat in general, especially the shadows which look a bit flat.
Here is a painting I created of a sunset and sky scene over the St Lawrence River in late 2018. I really like the vibrant colours I used in this painting and the high contrast of the trees on the shore.
There are a lot of textures in this painting and I used a lot of glazes of Mixing White and Glazing Medium over the water. I used a lot of quinacridone magenta, bright red and bright orange in this painting.
This painting depicts a warm June Evening and the sun is at its Northern Most location in the sky.
This painting measures 9” x 12”
Here is a painting I created of an abandoned road along the St Lawrence River. This road comes out of the water just beyond the point where this scene is.
The focal point in this painting is the tall poplar scenes. The sky and clouds are glowing yellow behind the trees and there is a strong sense of evening light. I created a lot of interesting textures in this painting and there are many things going on.
The clouds in this painting are a bit stylized and look wispy, the sky has some bright pops of yellow and purple which adds to this painting’s sense of atmosphere.
Although the shadows of the tree cover the foreground, there are a few spots of bright sunlight shining through the leaves.
One interesting thing about this painting is how I was able to create the unique grass texture with flicks of primary colours to add interest and style. This painting measures 18” x 24”
Here is a painting I created of a Juvenile Tree Swallow. This painting was created in 2018. I really like how I was able to use a photo of a tiny bird dominating a small canvas and the texture of the downy feathers in the bird’s breast.
I really enjoyed adding a few hints of the primary colours in the white of the bird’s breast. This painting would not have the same sense of interest without the use of primary colours.
I spent a lot of time on the eye and the claws of the bird. There is the branch of the tree that the bird is standing on as well as the branches behind the bird. The focal point in this painting is the beak and shine on the eyeball.
This painting was created from a photo I took in 2016, it was evening time and a lot of birds were flicking around. I saw this juvenile tree swallow in a small shrub and I knew right away that this photo would be the perfect subject for a painting. This painting measures 16” x 12”
Here is a pointillism painting I created of a bay along the St Lawrence River, there are white flowers and cattails in the foreground. Out beyond the bay there is a peninsula of trees and a distant shore. A tree is leaning in on the far left-hand side and leads the eyes into the painting.
I created a nice play on the texture of the white flowers adding burnt umber, bright orange, and purples. Another area of strength in this painting is the texture of the trees and grasses scattered throughout this piece.
The water was very interesting how it reflected mostly the sky but also had a bit of irregularity in the fluid of the water where it reflected a few parts of the trees. I got a very good sense of the light in this painting and it really gives the sense of an early July day in Eastern Canada.
The focal point in this painting is definitely the white flowers in the foreground and it is the last thing the eye is drawn to in this piece. This painting measures 20” x 16”
Here is a painting of my cat Pepsi. I painted this piece shortly after he died in late 2016. There is a very good sense of lighting in this painting despite it being an indoor scene.
When I set my camera up to get the photo of him I used my tripod which allowed for natural lighting. In my paintings, I work almost exclusively from my own photographs and I have to make sure that these photos are the absolute highest quality.
It is never wise to paint a painting from poorly light photographs. The texture I got on the fur of the cat is very life-like and this painting resembles him pretty accurately.
It was also interesting creating the textures of the leather couch and the floral border on the wall. I really spent a lot of time working on the lighting effects and reflections on the couch in this painting.
This painting measures 12” x 16” and the focal point in this painting is definitely the face, eyes and nose on the cat.
Here is a painting I created of a tree and the St Lawrence River. The tree leans across the painting and the river is below. This is right around the time of sunset and there are interesting colours in the sky.
The branches in the upper left-hand side of the painting leads the eyes up to the crown of the tree.
The light is shining on the little bush under the tree. This painting sold in 2020 and I shipped it to its new owner via Etsy.
The focal point in this painting is the branches leaning over the upper right-hand side of the painting and another area of interest is the St Lawrence River and distant island.
There is a very interesting mixing of colours throughout this painting and there are pops of crimson red, greens, burnt umber and phatlo blue.
Here is an acrylic painting I created of an Osprey Nest, with 2 Osprey. There is an amazing amount of detail done in the 3 birds in this painting.
I really like how I achieved such a high level of detail in the 3 birds in this painting and how I was able to capture the texture of the wings on the landing bird with the fish.
The nest and the clouds are painted with less detail. However, this is an excellent composition with a lot of negative space. I created the dark undertones of the nest in this painting with phatlo blue and burnt umber.
This huge nest in the tree is at least 5 feet across and the only way I can describe seeing one of these in real life is that the nest looks like a beaver hut on top of a tree.
Some of the branches the ospreys carry up to the tree are quite large, and it is extremely elaborate for something created by birds.
The dimensions of this painting measure 18” x 24”
Here is a pointillism painting I created of Tulips in my backyard garden. The sun is reflecting off the tulips. I really like the sense of light in this painting and how the sunlight dominates throughout the painting. I used many variations of green in this painting, and the colours reflect early spring when all the leaves are tender and growing like crazy.
The focal point in this painting is the Tulip on the Left-Hand side. I really like how the Reds, Oranges and Yellows blend together in the Tulips petals. Although admittedly these are very plain and naturalized tulips, much closer to the original flower that grew in the Mountains of Afghanistan.
There is a very raw sense of beauty to these flowers. The more showy varieties of Tulips are unnatural and given enough years with the bulbs splitting underground. All Tulips will revert back to a form similar to this.
There are a lot of interesting textures in this painting from the tulip flowers themselves to the randomness and asymmetry of the Tulips Leaves. This painting measures 20” x 16”
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Excellent series of paintings. I really like the variety and use of colour.